(Closed) who used one outer envelope in their invitation suite?

posted 6 years ago in Paper
Post # 2
1110 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

Quackadoo:  Your invites sound really nice!  I only used an outer envelope since I didn’t see the point of having an inner one when I was already addressing the people invited on the outer.  Plus, it saved some weight on the postage.

I just sent ours out this weekend so I don’t know how well they’ll hold up, but thinking back to recent invitations I’ve received in the past couple of years, I don’t remember any of them having an inner envelope and they were all in good condition.

I personally don’t think an extra envelope will prevent an invitation from being bent or torn, but if you want that added security, then I say go for it.  As long as your guests can see when and where to be at, it’ll be fine.

Post # 3
86 posts
Worker bee

Quackadoo:  I used only an outer envelope but my invites are more casual.  The suite was tied with baker’s twine and the envelopes were on the thin side, so going through the machines left them slightly dented at the knot and a little dirty.  Whatever though, they made it in one piece which is all I was aiming for.

Since yours are formal and have a little bulk, I recommend an inner envelope.

Post # 4
8575 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

Ours were pretty, but simple. We chose not to use an inner envelope as we addressed to them those who were invited only, [no kids, no guests unless in a relationship].

Post # 5
246 posts
Helper bee

I am doing an outer envelope only and having them hand cancelled.  We have a pocket envelope for inserts however so it does make it quite bulky and rigid.  As long as they are hand cancelled you should be fine.  Mine are the “Quinley and Marc invitations”.  Where I got them from said that they should hold up nicely.  If you haven’t ordered invites or plan on going through Weddingpaperdivas I would get on it as they do take a bit of time to come (if you are getting married in December) and if you are having a calligrapher do the addresses that takes a while as well.

Post # 6
984 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

what is hand cancelled? I’ve never sent a letter or anything so fancy as a wedding invitation so I’m confused.

Post # 7
2942 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014


brinny04: Hand cancled is having someone hand stamp the cancleation mark on the stamp instead of sending it through the sorting machine that does the same thing.  The machine can be a bit of a beast, so hand cancling keeps items that aren’t flat from getting broken.

We only went with one envelope.  I will be honest I never saw the point in two envelopes.  It seems to be a waste of paper.


Post # 8
150 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

I sent some of mine with an outer and inner envelope (to those with kids, so I could specify that they were all invited), and the majority with only an outer…basically because I didn’t want to do calligraphy on two sets of envelopes, as I ran out of time. I don’t think there was a major difference between the two, in how they ended up. I don’t think any of it will look as perfect as if you hand delivered them, of course. 

My post office also would not do any hand cancelling- they said that isn’t a thing any more. I guess it is regional. 

Post # 10
185 posts
Blushing bee

we did pocketfolds, so we didn’t do an inner envelope, just an outer envelope. ours were delivered with no issue.

Post # 11
4549 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

beenonymous765:  +1 

We did a pocketfold, one envelope, and I didn’t bother to hand cancel. We only had 4 get returned to us and my friends said they looked good when they arrived, so I know they didn’t get torn up in the mail.

Post # 12
1219 posts
Bumble bee

My daughter only used one envelope but we lined them so that made them a little sturdier.

Post # 13
113 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

I used only an outer envelope. We had the post office hand-cancel them… My fiance actually had to do help out and stamp half of them. lol

So far everything turned out great! I didn’t hear of any being ripped or torn upon arrival. 🙂


Post # 14
3986 posts
Honey bee

Quackadoo:  I only had an outer envelope, but I lined it with another paper which made the paper thicker and more durable. I also hand cancelled, but just so you know, 9 times out of 10 they will run them through a machine regardless of whether you hand cancel. There isn’t much I think you can do besides use a thick enough paper envelope, and just know people don’t expect them to be pristine on the outside and it won’t reflect on you!

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